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India loses early wickets after dismissing Australia for 343 on the 2nd day

India loses early wickets after dismissing Australia for 343 on the 2nd day

Pacemen Brett Lee and Stuart Clarke made early inroads into India's top order Thursday as the tourists made a slow start in pursuit of Australia's first-innings total of 343 on the second day of the first cricket test.
Clark saw off slow-scoring opener Rahul Dravid with the last ball before lunch to leave V.V.S. Laxman unbeaten on 21 and India struggling at 31-2 at the break.
India made a cautious start to its innings after seeing off the Australian tailenders early in the first session.
Lee made the first breakthrough with the new ball when he had Indian opener Wasim Jaffer caught behind for 4 in the ninth over.
Mitchell Johnson hadn't conceded a run from more than five overs when he came close to dismissing Dravid. Matthew Hayden caught a Dravid edge at first slip only to have Billy Bowden call a no ball, with Johnson's foot clearly over the line in television replays.
Earlier, Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan dismissed Clark in the fourth over of the second day to end Australia's first innings.
Clark failed to add to his overnight score of 21 when he attempted a big hit off Khan only to be caught by Harbhajan Singh near the boundary rope at deep mid-wicket.
Johnson ended the innings unbeaten on 15, adding five runs to his first-day score, including a boundary. The Australian tailenders combined for a 10th-wicket partnership of 31 runs to help post India a challenging first-innings target of 344 on a slow and deteriorating Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket.
Khan finished the innings with figures of 4-94, complementing legspinner Anil Kumble's 5-84 that overshadowed Matthew Hayden's 28th test century and put India in a strong position on the first day.
Australia was 135-0 before India captain Kumble dismissed opener Phil Jaques for 66, sparking a top-order collapse. Khan claimed Ricky Ponting and Khan snared Mike Hussey in the space of four balls to set up a stunning day for the Indian bowling attack.
Hayden brought up his century when he cracked an R. P. Singh ball for four runs in the 43rd over. The century was his 19th scored in Australia, surpassing Donald Bradman and Ricky Ponting with 18 each.
Hayden was dismissed in the 63rd over when he spooned a Zaheer Khan (3-93) delivery to Saurav Ganguly at mid-on for a simple catch.


Updated : 2021-08-03 02:26 GMT+08:00